A race to get out the door in the morning after that jolt of caffeine, like the starters gun, we fuel our bodies with something that is quick, easy and dubiously nutritious before a race to get the kids to school or before we get off to work in or out of the house. Phew.....
The day stretches out before us with hurdles and obstacles.
Rest and sleep in the night is often elusive as we retain the clutter in our heads.
The reality is that we can’t keep moving like that without some downtime. Not knowing how to slow down and switch the button to off, our downtime often includes a bottle of red and cheap take away in front of the television, which tends to massage a superficial need as opposed to nourishing our body and soul.
We push hard in our day-to-day life and sometimes it feels as though we just run out of fuel.
Our whole self becomes depleted.
How do we fill up our tanks again?
I’ve called them Yin/ Restorative, but they, like all my other classes, are a bit of a mash up of styles, techniques, and music, with the ultimate aim of
bringing calm to our chaos.
Our normal classes have both yin and yang elements – we sandwich the physical practice (yang), working the muscles in a warming, fluid practice to allow energy to flow in the body, in between centering breathwork and a meditation (yin).
But by being still, for longer, we can go deeper.
Physically, we focus on the hips, back and spine, where we find so much tightness in the body. We work deep into the tissues of the body, giving ourselves a good old internal massage. We feed the organs with restfulness and patience as we sit in poses for up to 10 minutes at a time. We create freedom and space within and around the joints, bones, ligaments, and connective tissue.
We begin to see our moods and impulses come and then go just like weather patterns that pass through, as we are forced to just sit and be with ourselves and simply breathe.
A practice like this balances out our Yang world. We focus deep within, listening to our breath and learn to let go of any heaviness or tension that we might otherwise be unaware of.
It simply means to allow yourself time to say "hello" to Your Self once again.
To check in.
To see not only how our physical body is, but also how our mind and our spirit are travelling too. Are we holding onto things emotionally that could be let go of. Could we behave better? (our 3 year old self also needs checking in with sometimes too!).
This is not some wacky new age rubbish.
It is simply giving ourselves time to put the pieces of ourselves back together.
You won’t be sorry.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon